An individual’s reputation may be drastically changed after being accused of a sex crime. If an individual is charged and convicted of a sex offense such as sexual assault that individual’s ability to keep personal information, such as his or her name and home address, private. The conviction may also affect where that individual may live as well as the individual’s ability to obtain future employment. Recently, a man may face these consequences after being charged with second degree sexual assault.
A man from Wisconsin was charged with a sex offense for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. According to police reports, the man and woman met through an Internet dating site and agreed to meet at a local restaurant for breakfast. The woman reported that she was drugged at the restaurant before the two went to the man’s home. Later in the day the woman called her daughter stating that she did not know where she was. After the authorities were contacted, the woman was taken to a Milwaukee hospital for treatment of her injuries resulting from the alleged assault.
Wisconsin’s definition of second degree sexual assault is nonconsensual sexual conduct that may involve violence or threats, impairment of a sexual organ or mental anguish for the victim or various other factors. Generally, sexual assault may be defined as unwanted sexual contact through another’s forceful acts, coercion or the incapacity of the victim. The court may consider whether the alleged victim had the mental capacity to understand the sexual conduct or if they were unable to indicate their unwillingness to participate in the sexual conduct.
A resident of Wisconsin accused of a sex crime such as sexual assault faces serious consequences that may alter his or her life forever. Therefore, the resident should mount the best defenses to reduce these consequences. It is important to remember that every defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
Source: JournalTimes.com, “Man charged with drugging woman before alleged sexual assault,” Luke Feuerherm, Jan. 2, 2013